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CURRENT SPORT. I bE "SOCCER" LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP. Small Heath have been showing such fine form in the League Championship during the last few weeks that it was quite expected that, with the advantage of playing at home, they would prove too strong for Woolwich Arsenal on Saturday. The latter team, who seem to have the capacity for playing their best game against ,the best sides, made a good fight, but they were 'beaten by the margin of a goal. In meeting Manchester City at Manchester, Sunderland had a very hard task, and they failed to hold the home eide, who were at the top of their game. Aston Villa were the only side who won a match on their opponent's ground, but Sheffield Wed- nesday, Bury, and Derby County all played drawn games away from home. Newcastle United's victory over Blackburn Rovers enabled them to reach first position in the league table, with a lead of one point over Small Heath, Sun- derland, and Preston North End. The results of the matches were.-Small Heath beat Wool- wich Arsenal, at Small Heath, by two goals to one; Manchester City beat Sunderland at Man- chester, by five goals to two; Aiston Villa beat Preston North End, at Preston, by three goals to two; Newcastle United beat Blackburn Rovers, at Newcastle, by one goal to none; Sheffield United beat Notts Forest, at Sheffield, by four goals to none Stoke beat Wolverhamp- ton Wanderers, at Stoke, by two goals to one Notts County and Sheffield Wednesday drew, at Nottingham, two goals all; Middlesbrough and Bury drew, at Middlesbrough, two goals all; Everton and Derby County drew, at Everton, neitner side having scored. In the Second Divi- sion Bolton Wanderers v. Liverpool: Visiting .Bolton, Liverpool were beaten by two goals to none.-Doncaster Hovers v. Manchester United: At Manchester, the home team won by one goal to none.—Burton United v. Burslem Port Vale At Burton, Burslem won by three goals to two. Grimsbj Town v. Chesterfield: Playing at home, Grimsby won by three goals to one.— Gainsborough Trinity v. Bristol City At Gains- :borough, the home side won by four goals to one. -Burnley v. Bradford City: Burnley won at home by two goals to one.—Leicester Fosse v. Barns ley: At Barnsley, the result was a win for the home side by two goals to one.—"Blackpool T. Glossop: Blackpool won at home by four goals to one.—West Bromwich Albion v. Lincoln City: The Albion won at home by two goals to nothing. THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE. While the fight for first place in the League Championship table during the past few weeks has been very close among a number of clubs, three sides m the Southern League—Bristol Rovers, Reacting, and Southampton—stand oro well ahead of the others. All these three won their matches on Saturday, Southampton sain- ing a victory over Brentford on the latter'a Reading and Bristol Rovers wens both successful at home. Tottenham Hotspur have been showing considerable improvement lately, and they won a high-scoring game against 'owmclon i own by a margin of three goals. At present Bristol Rovers head the table with 21 points, Reading and Southampton each having scored 20, wane no other club has got more than 15. The results were:—Southampton beat Brent- ford, at Brentford, by one goal to none; Bristol Rovers beat Plymouth Argyle, at Bristol, by four goais to none; Reading beat West Ham United, at Reading, by one goal to none; Tottenham Hotspur beat Swindon Town, at Tottenham, by six goals to three. Wellingborough beat Queen's- tpark Rangers, at Par Royal, by two goals to one; Portsmouth beat Fulham, at Portsmouth, by one goal to none; Watford beat Northamp- ton, at Northampton, by two goals to one; Mill- wall and New Brompto'n drew, at Millwall, one goal all; Brighton and Hove Albion and Luton drew, at Brighton, one goal all. ASSOCIATION CUP QUALIFYING COMPETITION. Two matches in the fifth round took place on .Saturday: -Civil Service v. Southall: At home at Shepherd's Bush, Civil Service were beaten fey four to one.—Bishop Auckland v. Sunderland West End A draw of one goal each was the result of this match -at Bishop Auckland. ARTHUR. DUNN CUP. Old Carthusians v. Old Foresters At Queen's Club, the Old Carthusians won by eleven goals to two. AELTR MATCHES. Casuals v. the Army: By five goals to one the Casuals won this match at TLifii-ell Park.-Old., Malvernians v. Cambridge University: At Ley- ton, Cambridge won by nine goals to two.- Clapton v. Oxford University: At Upton, Clap- ton were beaten by two goals to one. SCOTTISH LEAGUE. Queen's Park one goal, Greenock Morton -IT.-ear,t of Midlothian six, Airdrieonians; none. -St. Mirren two, Port Glasgow none.—Partick Thistle three, Third Lanark two.—Celtic four, Motherwell two.—Glasgow Rangers four, Kil- marnock none.—Dundee four, Hibernians one. RUGBY COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP. Durham v. Cheshire: Durham won this match at Sunderland by one goal and three tries. (14 points) to one try (3 points).—Gloucestershire v. Somerset: Somerset beat Gloucestershire, a Bristol, by one goal (5 points) to one try (3 ,points),I,a,neashire v. Cumberland: At Aig- iburth, Lancashire beat Cumberland by one goal and three tries (13 points) to nothing. Northern Union League.—Warrington 6 points, Widnes O.-Halifax 5, Hull Kingston Rovers 3.-Wigan 10, Leeds 5.—Wakefield Trinity 7, Hunslet 5.—Broughton Rengers 20, Balfora 5.—Oldham 6, Runcorn O.-Bradford 6, Swinton 2.-Hull 14, St. Helens 0.—Leigh 6, Batley 3; Barrow 11, Millom 0.—Morecambe 10, Lancaster 5.—Brighouse Rangers 13, Castle- ford 3.-—Y ork 8, Brain ley 0.—Dewsbury 15, Nor- anacto 8.-Hud0tersfi,t-ld 8, Pontefract 7. ^TRIAL AND CLUB "RUGGER, Glasgow v. Edinburgh: The first of the Scottish trial matches at Glasgow was won by Edinburgh by two tries to one.—Welsh Trial Match: The Probables won by three goals and d5ve tries to one goal at Neath. Richmond v. 'Guy's Hopital: At Richmond, the home club beat Guy's Hospital by two goals and two tries to nothing.—London Scottish v. Harlequins At Wandsworth Common, the London Scottish won by two tries to a goal.—Old Leysians v. London Irish At Eltham, these teams played a drawn game, nothing being scored.—St. Thomas's Hospital v. "Lennox: At Chiswick Park, Lennox won by a goal and three tries to a goal and one try.—Oxford University v. Blackheath At Oxford, Blackheath won by a penalty goal and three tries to one try.-Cam- bridge University v. Old Merchant Taylors: A? home the Cambridge team won by six goals and six tries to nothing.—R.I.E.C. v. Rosslyn Park: At Cooper's Hill, the College team beat Rosslyn Park by two goals (one dropped) and two tries to a penalty goal and a try.—Chelten- ham v. Moseley At Cheltenham, the local team ibeat Moseley by two goals and two tries to two goals (one from a mark).—Northampton v. Leicester: At Leicester, this game ended in a draw, nothing being scored.—Gloucester ■T. Bath: At Gloucester, the home team won by a goal and a try to a goal.—Penygraig v. Llanelly A hard game, at Penygraig, ended in a draw, nothing being scored. CROSS-COUNTRY. For the Herne Hill H. three miles race, open to members of clubs within n. radius of seven miles of Hackbridge, there wvrj 64 competitors. The winner was C. E. Barry, a public school- I boy, who showed good form on the Eat last summer, and who, subsequently won the Heme Hill H. open novice race. He is now a member of the last-named club. With lmin. 25sec. start lie beat F. A. Finch, of the Hackbridge H., lmin. SOsec. start, by 30 yards, in 19min. 36 3-5sec., J. Fitzgerald, of the Maiden H., SOsec. start, who finished fifth, in the net time of 19min. lOsec., tied with the scratch man, F. H. Hulford, Herne Hill H., for the prize for fastest time. Prizes for the local men were won as follows: First Hackbridge runner. J. W. West, Imin. 40sec. start, eleventh; nrst unplaced Hackbridge runner, B. Nicholls, fourth and first Surbiton runner, A. Thomp- son, 2 min. 20sec. start, seventh. A four-and-a-half miles race at Linton, near Cambridge, held between the Essex Beagles and the Linton Granta, resulted in a. win for the Beagles by nine points. The, first three men home were: G. M. Parkinson, Linton Granta; J. G. Coughlin, Essex Beagles; W. J. Clark, Essex Beagles. Parkinson is the promising young runner who performed so splendidly in the two miles handicap at the South London Harriers autumn meeting at Kennington Oval, when he finished third to Shrubb and McNicol, who were first and second in the order named. HOCKEY. It was thought that Hampstead, who had won all seven of their preceding games this season, stood an excellent chance of beating Staines on Saturday, but the last-named won by 8 to 1. They have not lost a match since February, 1902. Lancashire met Yorkshire at Bradford, and won by 5 goals to nil. At Grange-over-Sand, Cheshire beat Westmoreland by 3 goals to 1. LACROSSE. Two county games were decided on Saturday. Kent defeated Middlesex at Catford by 11 goals to 4; whilst Essex played a capital game against Surrey at the Crystal Palace, and won by 7 I goals to 3. Both Oxford and Cambridge were engaged1, but whereas Oxford beat West London by 16 to 6, the Light Blues lost to Manchester University by 5 to 14. ROWING. After a very fine race P. J. Lewis's crew beat C. Taylor's crew in the Cambridge trial eights at Putney by a length and a few feet. At Oxford, H. C. Bucknall's crew beat R. S. Graham's crew by three-quarters of a length. WALKING. The ex-holder of the London to Brighton record, E. Knott, won the S.L.H. seven miles Walking handicap at Croydon by eight yards. A. W. Clay Thomas, 5min. start, was second, and H. N. Duke, 2min., third. The winner's net time, 68min. 27sec., was the fastest in the race. MONDAY'S FOOTBALL. Oxford University played Portsmouth on the Iffley-road ground. Portsmouth kicked off and pressed at the start. After about ten minutes play, Cunliffe scored for them with a shot which gave Rogers no chance. From this time until tb. interval, play was very even if not very good. In the second half, Oxford pressed, and but for bad shooting they must have equalised. About a quarter of an hour from "time" the game had to be abandoned owing to heavy rain and •bad light. Scothern could not play for Oxford, and his place was taken by Tetley. The Univer- sity backs were uncertain, but the half-backs worked hard and kept the opposing forwards well in hand. The Oxford forwards were getting together towards the close, but their shooting was bad. The; replayed final tie of the Manchester Senior Cup, at Clayton, between Bury and Manchester City had to be abandoned shortly before "time" owing to the darkness. Bury were leading by four goals to two. y In the Western League, Southampton gained a victory over Brentford, at Southampton, winning the match by five goals to one. In the semi-final round of the Staffordshire Cup, Small Heath beat Stoke, at Small Heath, by three goals to none. Woolwich Arsenal, at Plumstead, beat Club Athletique Parisien by 26 goals to one. The match between Tottenham Hotspur and Mr. George Robey's team, at Tottenham, ended in a win for Tottenham Hotspur by two goals to one.


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